Take Shots, See Art in Progress and Other Weekend Musts

Detail of "Ready" by Nikki McClure

Shots. Yes, Shots
Throwing back a shot at the bar is not a connoisseur move. Lately, however, more gourmet shots are appearing on menus. Allison Austin Scheff notes a few in our Best New Restaurants story, among other intriguing dining trends that surfaced this year.

Nordstrom Rack
The new Nordstrom Rack is now open at Northgate Mall, featuring tens of thousands of pairs of shoes among its usual fashionable fare. You read that right. Better get to the store while you’re still young enough to browse that much merchandise without assistance.

Store hours: Mon-Sat 10am-9:30pm; Sun 11am-7pm. Nordstrom Rack at Northgate, 401 NE Northgate Way; 206.641.3300; shop.nordstrom.com

Works in Progress at the Frye
Ongoing thru Friday (11/6-11/9) - Local collaborative arts team Zoe | Juniper has transformed Frye Art Museum into a live video production studio and plaster casting factory, holding open rehearsals for an in-progress dance piece. Be among the first to see the new work by this stunningly creative Seattle group.

To learn more about the installation, attend the gallery talk on Saturday, November 10, 1pm. Frye Art Museum, 704 Terry Avenue; fryemuseum.org

Affordable Art Fair
Opens Thursday (11/8-11/11) - If you haven’t yet taken the leap into art buying, this is one way to dive in. Original paintings, photography, drawing and sculpture by artists from the Northwest and beyond will be on display at Seattle Center Exhibition Hall and available at prices between $100 and $10,000.
11/8-11/11. Times and prices vary. Seattle Center Exhibition Hall, 305 Harrison St.; affordableartfair.com/seattle

Nikki McClure
Opens Tuesday (11/13-2013 ) - Bellevue Arts Museum’s first-ever survey of this Olympia artist’s work, Nikki McClure: Cutting Her Own Path, 1996–2012, is the perfect chance to dive deeper into this artist’s delicate, paper-cut worldview—and while you’re at it, pick up one of her beautiful new 2013 calendars in the gift shop.
11/13–2/03/2013. Times vary. $7–$25. Bellevue Arts Museum, 510 Bellevue Way NE; 425.519.0770; bellevuearts.org